The Guthrie Theater announced last week the complete casting for its upcoming production of The Burial at Thebes, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, playing Sept. 24 through Nov. 6, 2011, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
As previously announced, Sun Mee Chomet will play the fiery and heroic Antigone in the production directed by Marcela Lorca, whose critically-acclaimed production of Caroline, or Change captivated Guthrie audiences in 2009.
Chomet had the supporting role of Sooze Moon Mark Antonio in the 2009 production of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Many people may recall Chomet in the lead role of Liang May Seen, in the 2007 History Theater production of “100 Men’s Wife”. The Jeany Park play was the story of the first Chinese woman to make Minnesota her home in the late 1800s.
She also appeared in the Guthrie productions include “After a Hundred Years”, and in several productions with Mu Performing Arts, and other local theater at Penumbra, Hartford, and Cincinnati Playhouse.
Chomet was raised in Detroit and received a bachelors degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has also performed in several productions around the country.
Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney delivers an exquisite adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, reviving the Greek tale of love and self-sacrifice for today’s theatergoer. As with the original, The Burial at Thebes focuses on the never resolved conflict between a person’s individual rights and the demands of the state. The timeless struggle for honor is called into question in the face of challenging authority: to whom does loyalty belong – to one’s family and cultural practices or to the law decreed by the state?
Under the direction of Marcela Lorca, whose critically-acclaimed production of Caroline, or Change captivated Guthrie audiences, The Burial at Thebes features original music by composer J.D. Steele of legendary Steele family fame, infusing this ancient tragedy with a modern edge.
A powerhouse collective of the Twin Cities’ finest dramatic actors and richest voices has been assembled to deliver the timeless tale, set against a backdrop of stirring music from composer J.D. Steele (The Gospel of Colonus) of legendary Steele family fame.
Heralded Minnesota master male vocalist Robert Robinson (Vocalist) joins the commanding company of actors, which will feature Lee Mark Nelson (Chorus), Richard Ooms (Chorus), T. Mychael Rambo (Chorus), Brian Sostek (Guard), Prentiss Standridge (Ismene) and Joe Nathan Thomas (Chorus), alongside the previously announcedGreta Oglesby (Tiresias), Regina Marie Williams (Eurydice), Stephen Yoakam (Creon), Ansa Akyea (the Messenger) and Ernest Bentley (Haemon). Morgan Guinta andRyan McCormick also join the company, sharing the role of Tiresias’ Boy.
“Seamus brings a direct and poetic language to The Burial at Thebes that invites us to embrace both the ancient and the modern,” said Lorca. “Our casting centers on the strength of our diverse culture and creates an experience that feels immediate to contemporary audiences.”
Heaney’s exquisite adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone revives the Greek tale of love and self-sacrifice for today’s theatergoer and, as with the original, focuses on the never resolved conflict between a person’s individual rights and the demands of the state. The timeless struggle for honor is called into question in the face of challenging authority: to whom does loyalty belong – to one’s family and cultural practices or to the law decreed by the state?
The artistic team includes Monica Frawley (Set Designer), Elizabeth Caitlin Ward (Costume Designer), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Designer), J.D. Steele (Composer),Scott W. Edwards (Sound Designer), Lucinda Holshue (Voice and Language Consultant), Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg), Martha Kulig (Stage Manager), Michele Harms(Assistant Stage Manager) and Dario Tangelson (Assistant Director).
The Burial at Thebes begins preview performances on September 24, opens October 1 and continues through November 6, 2011, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets start at $24 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.